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How much are you willing to pay for public safety?

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 7th, 2012




EUGENE — In recent months Lane County administrative staff have been researching and polling the public to find viable means to stabilize the finances of its public safety system. As the sheriff’s department faced about $10 million in cuts, Sheriff Tom Turner took to the road through a number of town halls where he and other staff talked with citizens, discussing costs and options.

During at least one meeting in Florence, some audience members stated their opinion that “if we have to live within our budget, so does the county.”

That axiom, however, does not go far in covering the continuously rising expenses of running the various public safety departments and the demands of the public, especially since the county may be facing even more cuts next year.

Turner released some examples this week, based on early reports from the public safety funding task force, of how a small tax increase could return a revenue stream to the county to restore some services.

Springfield will be placing a levy of $1.28 per $1,000 of assessed home value on the November ballot.

For the complete article see the 08-08-2012 issue.

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